Good Samaritan

ACT 20,  2001,  Good Samaritan Act in Ontario

An Act to protect persons from liability in respect to voluntary emergency medical or first aid services.  2. (1) Despite the rules of common law, a person described in subsection (2) who voluntarily and without reasonable expectation of compensation or reward provides the services described in that subsection is not liable for damages that result from the person’s negligence acting or failing to act while providing the services, unless it is established that the damages were caused by the gross negligence of the person. (2) Subsection (1) applies to, (a) a health care professiional who provides emergency health care services or first aid assistance to a person who is ill, injured or unconscious as a result of an accident or other emergency, if the health care proffesional does not provide the services or assistance at a hospital or other place having appropriate health care facilities and equipment for that purpose; and (b) an individual, other than a health care professional described in clause (a), who provides emergency first aid assistance to a person who is ill, injured or unconscious as a result of an accident or other emergency, if the individual provides the assistance at the immediate scene of the accident or emergency. (( 1))

References

((1)) Government of Ontario, e-laws website, Good Samaritan Act, April 2001.